Wauseon, OH – Billy Moyer Jr. needed a victory on Saturday night at Oakshade Raceway to have any chance of winning the DIRTcar Summer Nationals championship, so in the first half a lap he charged through the front row from his fourth-starting position and pulled away to win.
The 18-year-old Bobby Pierce, though, became the youngest champion in the history of the series by finishing fifth, edging Moyer for the crown by a mere 10 points. Both Pierce and Moyer Jr. are the sons of former DIRTcar Summer Nationals champions, with Pierce and his father, Bob, now the only father-son combo to claim the title. Pierce also joins a prestigious group of racers who have won the DIRTcar Late Model national championship (2014) as well as a DIRTcar Summer Nationals championship.
“We tried really hard and we had a good hot rod tonight,” said Moyer Jr., of Batesville, Ark., after his $10,000 victory. “Ten points shy, it is what it is. Bobby did a good job and we’re just glad to be winning races and running up front. People at least know we’re there … it’s no fun running seventh and 10th every night and we’ve been there too. So we’re just glad to be up front.
“I hate to even think about the points, but you know, you have to. It pays a lot of money. I want my name on that deal. But we’re gonna get it on there … we’re gonna work really hard and come back and hopefully do it again next year if all my support and everything stays the same. It sucks to get beat, but man, to win $10,000 here in Ohio with a huge crowd, I’m happy.”
Pierce started 12th and had to race forward to ensure he would lay claim to the championship, worth $25,000.
“It’s been a long month of racing, even with the rainouts it’s still been 30 days up and down the road,” said Pierce, of Oakwood, Ill. “It takes a toll on you, on your equipment. Now that it’s over it’s just kind of like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I knew when I saw Jr. get the lead and I was still back in 10th that I had to get up on the wheel. I had the math figured in my head that I had to get to a certain spot to win. Once I started picking cars off I got more comfortable. Congrats to Billy, he did everything he could do to try to win the points.”
Moyer bested a field of 50 cars and survived 60 laps with two restarts to come ever so close to the title. Casey Noonan, Jason Feger, Dona Marcouiller and Pierce rounded out the top five.
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DIRTcar Summer Nationals Statistical Report; Oakshade Raceway; Wauseon, Ohio; July 11, 2015
A-MAIN (60 LAPS) – 1. (21JR) Billy Moyer Jr., Batesville, AR ($10,000); 2. (1N) Casey Noonan, Toledo, OH; 3. (25) Jason Feger, Bloomington, IL; 4. (6M) Dona Marcoullier, Houguton Lake, MI; 5. (32) Bobby Pierce, Oakwood, IL; 6. (55) Jeep Van Wormer, Pinconning, MI; 7. (49) Brian Ruhlman, Clarklake, MI; 8. (3) Matt Miller, Findlay, OH; 9. (83) Scott James, Harrison, OH; 10. (11) Rusty Schlenk, Weston, OH; 11. (20C) Duane Chamberlain, Richmond, IN; 12. (24) Ryan Unzicker, El Paso, IL; 13. (77K) Steve Kester, Holland, OH; 14. (15H) Jon Henry, Ada, OH; 15. (54) Matt Westfall, Pleasant Hill, OH; 16. (53H) Hillard Miller, Defiance, OH; 17. (51S) Devin Shiels, Britton, MI; 18. (0) Chris Keller, Adrian, MI; 19. (75) Dusty Moore, Swanton, OH; 20. (25Z) Mason Zeigler, Uniontown, PA; 21. (15A) Phil Ausra, Dowagiac, MI; 22. (C9) Steve Casebolt, Richmond, TN.
HEAT RACE WINNERS: Billy Moyer Jr., Dona Marcoullier, Jason Feger and Jeep Van Wormer.
2015 DIRTcar Summer Nationals Schedule
|June 10||Wednesday||Brownstown Speedway||Dennis Erb. Jr.|
|June 11||Thursday||Kankakee Co. Speedway||Frank Heckenast Jr.|
|June 12||Friday||Cedar Lake Speedway||Jimmy Mars|
|June 13||Saturday||Cedar Lake Speedway||Jason Feger|
|June 14||Sunday||Wilmot Speedway||Rain|
|June 16||Tuesday||Jacksonville Speedway||Bobby Pierce|
|June 17||Wednesday||Farley Speedway||Billy Moyer Jr.|
|June 18||Thursday||Spoon River Speedway||Rain (2)|
|June 19||Friday||Tri-City Speedway||Rain (3)|
|June 20||Saturday||Fairbury Speedway||Shannon Babb|
|June 21||Sunday||Quincy Raceways||PPD rain to June 22 (4)|
|June 22||Monday||Quincy Raceways||Rain (5)|
|June 23||Tuesday||Peoria Speedway||Shannon Babb (2)|
|June 24||Wednesday||Belle-Clair Speedway||Bobby Pierce (2)|
|June 25||Thursday||Clarksville Speedway||Levi Kissinger|
|June 26||Friday||Paducah Int. Raceway||Rain (6)|
|June 27||Saturday||Federated I-55 Raceway||Rain (6)|
|June 28||Sunday||Lincoln Speedway||PPD rain to July 6|
|June 30||Tuesday||I-96 Speedway||Rain (7)|
|July 1||Wednesday||Daugherty Speedway||Jason Feger (2)|
|July 2||Thursday||LaSalle Speedway||Chris Simpson|
|July 3||Friday||Fayette Co. Speedway||Billy Moyer|
|July 4||Saturday||Highland Speedway||Jason Feger (3)|
|July 5||Sunday||Tri-State Speedway||Shannon Babb (3)|
|July 6||Monday||Lincoln Speedway||Brandon Sheppard|
|July 7||Tuesday||Vermilion Co. Speedway||Rain (8)|
|July 8||Wednesday||Florence Speedway||Rain (9)|
|July 9||Thursday||Macon Speedway||Rain (10)|
|July 10||Friday||Farmer City Raceway||Dennis Erb Jr. (2)|
|July 11||Saturday||Oakshade Raceway||Billy Moyer Jr. (2)|
Story: DIRTcar PR – Photo: Jim Denhamer